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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPARaging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

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3,270 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,270
Reviews: 1,071
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 109
Gots: 386 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009)
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Photo of JizackFH
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer pours a very nice transparent golden amber color. I has a nice 3-finger fluffy white head. The head left spectacular lacing on the glass.

S - It smells quite sweet, but it has a great hop presence. I am also getting notes of grapefruit, belgian spices, and some clove.

T - There is a very nice hop presence right off the bat. There are a lot of spices present, but hops are the star of this beer. I am also getting notes of banana, citrus, pine, and caramel. The finish is hoppy and bitter.

M - It has a medium body and good carbonation. It is crisp and fresh. The hops seem to stick to the mouth and linger for quite a while.

D - The drinkability of this is really good. It is a very crisp and clean IPA. It is very very easy to drink. This is a great go-to IPA. I'm glad I finally decided to pick it up. I recommend trying this to those who haven't. I don't think you will be disappointed.

JizackFH, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked & caged.

Pours a cloudy pure amber, the very color of petrified sap, with a clingy white head. Aroma of hops, citrus and candy sugar.

Syrupy sweet with big hops bitterness, some citrus acidity, and a creamy mouthfeel. I taste tangerine peel. Drinks pretty easy for such a big, bitter, and cloying beer and a strong alcohol finish. Very enjoyable.

To me, this was like a pretty straightforward Double IPA (bordering on barleywine, even) - I didn't get a lot of the "Belgian" element. There were hints of funk around the edges, but that was about it.

Still, a very good beer that is changing some of the notions I have about Flying Dog (in a good way).

RockyTopHeel, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of jj311
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pint Glass.

Appearance: A clear golden-copper color. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be spotted. Has a 2 finger off-white head. Not allot can be said for the lacing qualities.

Smell: A very fruity, floral, aroma. Orange, Banana, mango, grapefruit, bubble-gum. A very slight but noticeable pine scent.

Taste: Once the brew meets the palate it starts off with a sharp, piney, banana flavor, mixed in with a little sweet malt, lemon, and a trickle of bitterness. Finishes with a lingering taste similar to bublegum.

Mouthfeel: Slick, yet somewhat chewy.

Drinkability: The fact that it's not totally over-hopped as with some IPA's makes the drinkability a definite "good".

Overall: This is definitely one interesting and unique IPA.
I would try it again.

jj311, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of Thanby
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange-amber color with a finger of off-white head that dies quickly.

The primary smell is full-bodied and well-rounded hoppiness, some ginger spicing sits on top the pale amber malt, but the aromatic hops are just wonderful.

First taste is sweet Belgian malt with hops so fresh you can almost see them, not overpowering at all, especially for Flying Dog. A bit spicy, with a surprisingly clean aftertaste with some hoppiness around the edges.

For being an IPA it is wonderfully easy to drink, but still has enough hops punch that you won't be disappointed. I don't know who thought of the Belgian IPA style, but the Belgian malt combined with American hops is just such a perfect balance of opposites.

Thanby, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of bubseymour
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is an extremely addictive beer that keeps drawing me back from time to time. It must be drank infrequently though, like an extremely rich dessert or else it will overwhelm you.

The aroma from this beer is amazing. The hop/fruit combination jumps out at you and smells as if you were actually in the brewery itself. The taste is very complex. Some alcohol burn in the aftertaste but surprisingly little hop bitterness which is more prevalent in the other Flying Dog varieties. This beer will kick you in the rear quickly and the flavors are so "over the top" so its tough to drink more than 1 or 2 in a sitting. I definitely recommend trying this brew. Its not the easiest drinker but it will draw you in lure you to crave its flavors on another day.

bubseymour, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of sartoric
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at home in a pint glass, white persistent head and amber colour with orange highlights.

The Aroma immediately remind you bitter orange and citrus, but after a couple of minutes it begun more complex with candied peel and fruit, sugar cane and some reminescens of caramel.

The taste is very pleasant. It starts with a light sweetness and as soon as the liquid touch the various tongue's areas it evolves in the typical IPA bitterness keeping the sweet background.

Despite the alcohol percentage the body is medium maybe due to the soft carbonation but almost creamy (like belgian ... as this one is defined) . The bitternes in the finish definitely remind you are drinking an IPA ... a very flavoured heavy bodied well balanced one.

Well done guys , as always :-) Never tried to pair this with food, I have some cheesy ideas but I really like to drink this one in relax listening to some good music.

sartoric, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cellar temp into a goblet.

Raging Bitch has a golden amber color with great clarity. The head is thick with a vigorous pour but settles quickly leaving very little lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet and citrusy with a hint of spicy Belgian yeast.

Flavor is intense in both bitterness and spice. It has herbal and medicinal qualities as well. Some underlying sweetness but not nearly enough to balance it out. That said, I think the point of this beer is to be extreme - maybe even a double Belgian IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Overall a solid example of the style and, actually, it could be argued, one of the only Belgian IPAs to get American-sized hoppiness.

GilGarp, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of MaineBeerGuy
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from a 12oz. bottle into a Weissbier Vase.

Beer has a copper hue; has a vegetal aroma. The beer has a bitter flavor from the first time it touches your lips which lingers though the whole sip. The beer has nice white head with lacing as it's consumed. The belgian yeast is evident from the first sip and followed by a distinct american IPA flavor. It's a very interesting combination which would be a perfect gateway belgian for someone wishing to explore belgians.

I definitely enjoyed this beer and I will stock it in my cellar for a future sampling.

MaineBeerGuy, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of NefariousR
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Red-orange amber with a sticky head that didn't last long.

S - Grapefruit and hops with a hint of sweet malt. The Belgian influence was noticeable here.

T - Strong citrus flavors with some bitterness. Bready malt and sweetness in the aftertaste.

M - Sticky, light-bodied.

D - Quite drinkable and a particularly interesting mixture of styles. I don't typically like Belgians, but the strength of the IPA flavor brings a nice balance.

NefariousR, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of kjyost
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle received in trade, thanks TheSevenDuffs! 355 mL bottle dated 002FX11, poured into a tulip.

An odd beer. Poured it into the glass and I have a beautiful barely cloudy amber brew with a great white head that has sticky lacing all over the place... The aroma is delectable,with floral and fruity hops being above a strong malt, and later a light bit of belgian barnyard comes in the nose.

The beer itself, I am not so sure about... A rich malty body that doesn't let the claimed 60 IBUs be really prominent. A floral flavour dominates the palate that I find personally discordant with the beer... The 8.3% is in no way perceptible, and the beer has a nice bite from the carbonation but is not too strong.

Too flowery... Just can't see myself reaching for this again. I like the idea of BIPA, perhaps this just isn't the one for me...

kjyost, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Total Wine in late October.

Beer poured a clear copper color with a nice long lasting head - very impressive.

Nose is belgian spices and hoppy happiness.

Taste is a nice blend of the belgian yeast strain that accents the white pepper and light fruit flavors. Hops hint of citrus and mango.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, the yeast strain does not quite catch the true essence of a belgian.

Drinkability is quite nice, abv is well hidden.

arizcards, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of drewba
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork & cage unfiltered version

A - murky apple juice. Two finger head with a bubbly cream colored ring and heavy lacing. Some sediment in the glass.

S - Clove, apple juice, yeast, sweetness, fresh cider.

T - clove, stale banana, big citrus burst - lemon, mango, and finishes with some spices.

M - medium bodied - the unfilitered gives this a thicker, more satisfying mouthfeel.

D - I like this a little more than the 12 ounce bottled version, drinkability is a touch higher.

drewba, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of vtfan77
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Sunset orange with a decent head that dissipates into a thick ring of lace. Small amounts of lacing are left on the sides of the glass.

S- Caramel malts, pine needles, and fruity esters combine to produce an odd aroma that, to me, smells kind of like rubber, like a new tire. That being said, it's still pretty good, just a little odd.

T- A touch of sweet malt segues into a piney, earthy bitterness. Notes of banana and bubblegum come through a little, but it's mostly sweet, bready malt and pine needle bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet with a good dose of bitterness.

M- Decent, medium body. Carbonation is surprisingly low, but still ok.

D- It's a bit high in alcohol and the flavors kind of wore on me after a while. Don't think I'd have another.

This is just an ok Belgian IPA for me. It was decent enough, but nothing really stood out. The flavors didn't pop, and the Belgian yeast didn't add enough character to make it interesting. Perhaps it was past its prime; had I been able to decipher the date code on the bottle (or what I believe to be the code) I may have known that. Not bad, but I probably won't be revisiting it.

vtfan77, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Boto
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours an orangish-golden color. There was a small off white head on it that doesn't linger long. Nice big hop nose. Pine, citrus and maybe even a touch of pineapple mixed together. Smells like some Belgian spices and breadiness in there also. The taste is good. There is a nice hop bite to the beer (mainly citrus), with a decent malt body behind it. Get some of the Belgian notes in the peppery spices and a touch of breadiness to it.

Boto, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of prdstmnky
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*review from notes on 7/27/10*

Best before date: October 30, 2010

Raging Bitch pours a hazy, copper color with a good 2 fingers of head that leaves lots of sticky lacing on my pint glass. You can smell the Belgian yeast, but the citrus hop aromas are what stand out the most...smells really fresh. Lots of hops upfront in the taste, both citrus and earthy, which is accompanied well with that familiar Belgian yeast and sweet malts - balances out nicely. Medium bodied, good carbonation level, and easy drinking for its ABV.

prdstmnky, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of climax
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess "This is what it's like when worlds collide" - Powerman 5000

The color was a cloudy peach, the haze meandered around before fading away. The head was modest but left good notches of lace on the decline.

I enjoy the aroma, the hybrid of Belgian yeast and American hops is intriguing. The balance between the styles is quite good. Pear, yeast, coriander, and lemon cover the softer tones. Pineapple citrus, some spice, and a dash of bolder pine keep me hopeful that this may be a good hoppy beer.

The flavor certainly does blend the two styles. It starts out on the softer sweet side. Yeast, spice, and coriander soon get splattered by resiny pine and grapefruit. The finish is dry and well on the hoppy side, with only hints of the Belgian ingredients lingering.

The body seems light and soft but has plenty of heft. The chalky feel gets more dry through the finish, and the light nature of the Belgian yeast makes this IPA exceptionally drinkable. Interesting fusion going on, give it a try.

climax, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of brewmudgeon
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

raging bitch

a 4 hazy shades of peach and apricot. sort head leaves a lasting ring and some lace.

s 4-4.5 holy pineapple white pepper grassy bready goodness. becomes a bit overphenolic as things progress.

t 4-4.5 okay, this is starting to remind me of a strong, belgiany version of crack'd wheat. the hops interact beautifully with the yeast effects, giving the experience of two beers in one. wish i had started buying this before now.

m 4 on the full side of medium. plenty of carbonation despite the short head that made me wonder at first.

d 4 gotta hand it to flying dog. dug their o'fest. and this is good as well, though it can get to be a bit much in the white pepper department toward the end while the hops run away and flavors are unravelled from the abv.

3/11: was a good value at 7.49-7.99 a 6-pack, but the drastic increase to $12-14 is completely ridiculous. will not be buying again.

brewmudgeon, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of IronLover
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a light white head that forms a thick white cap that leaves behind lots of sticky lacings. Yellowish copper in color with a moderate haze. Yeasty aroma at first that with hints of sweet malt, honey, spice and orange citrus. Medium bodied and creamy feel with ample carbonation. Belgian ale flavors in the beginning, sweet and yeasty, with a spicy middle, orange hoppy ending and a hoppy pine aftertaste that doesn't linger for too long. The complex flavors nicely hide the higher ABV which makes this very drinkable.

IronLover, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of ChugginOil
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy rusty orange color with minimal white head and moderate lacing

S- Belgium style yeast including an orange scent. A bit of hop scent is also noted

T- That Belgium yeast with oranges up front with a hop and malt blast on the end

M- Pretty full feel with decent carbonation and good balance between the Belgium style and IPA flavors

D- The ABV is well hidden which makes this brew very drinkable. Also a good mix of styles makes this one special

ChugginOil, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of Nerudamann
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Subtle amber in color, almost an orange tint to it. Murky, but with a crispiness to it. About 2 fingers of foam with good retention and a somewhat yellow/off-white hue.

Smell - Fairly hoppy, but again, with a crispiness to it. Some spices, maybe some orange peel or coriander? Also something sweeter..the bottle hints at a nectar being used, so this might possibly be it.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Nectary sweet hoppiness at the beginning, somewhat dry middle, and a definitely bitter finish. Bitterness is present in the aftertaste, but is very subtle and doesn't last long. Hops are probably American, maybe Cascade? Very well-balanced between watery and creamy textures.

Drinkability - Very nice brew! Good-tasting and intriguing.

Nerudamann, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of LiquidBread219
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Nice copper color it had a good head that hung around for awhile and provided nice lacing.

S= Nice sweet and hoppy. I really pick up the the Belgian yeast in this one. I smell floral hops smells really good.

T= Taste is really good and pretty complex the Belgian yeast I think kind of hides some of the hops but it is a good beer it has kind of floral/pine taste to it.

M= Medium body good job.

D= I really liked this beer would try it again I don't think I could drink more than a few but it is a nice beer.

LiquidBread219, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of Lucklys
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Belgian-Style IPA, it's just as rowdy and provocative in execution as it is by title. I really dig how this brewery names all of their beers in a doggy spirit without holding back on the bite...clever and attention grabbing. Appearing a clear burnt orange with copper highlights, the Raging Bitch held a respectable sandy head that gradually faded to sticky sheets of lace. The nose came across as a bright orange peel citrus combined with a light lemon zest making the aroma quite crisp and bitter. There is also quite a bit of Belgian yeast, as there should be, and in the end, the nose is really pleasing. Leading straight into the flavor, there are a lot of hops (Warrior, Columbus, and Amarillo - holy goodness) that make up a large, fantastic bitter bite. The orange is still quite present as a quick zest in the spicy carbonation and medium mouthfeel, though I found myself searching for the yeast after a while. Regardless, this is one Bitch that is definitely raging.

Lucklys, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of thebrood1987
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

At first it smells like that clove/spice Belgian yeast smell. Then when you give it a swirl you really get that citrus almost pine like smell which all together smells like a forest. The taste is even better with that Belgain yeast taste at the beginning reminiscent of Dogfish Head's Raison Detre but then sweet in the middle and the citrus hop bitterness on the back. Normally I'm not really a fan of the Belgian style because all you really taste is the fruity clove like yeast that dominates all the other flavors. Where this has that taste but mixed in real nicely with my favorite American IPA taste. This beer actually makes me like Belgian beers more just like the Raison Detre made me like it better because of that added sweet roast malt with the raisons. It has a nice candy malt sweetness to it as well that mixes in with all the flavors perfectly. The mouthfeel is awesome too because it has that thicker rich like malt taste that you'd get in well crafted higher alcohol beers. Definitely worth the price especially because your getting a 6 pack of a higher alcohol beer. Also, the alcohol is very well hidden. All in all my favorite Belgian beer I've ever head and that's mostly because of the subtle but well mixed Belgian yeast taste with those awesome citrus American hops.

thebrood1987, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely orange amber color, crystal with a slightly off-white head that is thick and impressive. The head fades to a ring that stays throughout.

A great meld of orange fruity hop aroma with bubble-gum yeasty esters. The combination is pleasantly pungent and complex. Flavor is a nice hop spice with some tutti frutti, sweet malt and alcohol in there as well. Sweetness in the middle yields to a very bitter and alcohol forward hop bite in the finish. Complexity and balance in the flavor is superb.

Medium bodied, with a nice round malt smoothness despite the biting flavors. It's almost paradoxical to the brain. Drinkable at 8.3%? Absolutely, I could easily follow this one up with another. Especially since I have nowhere to be tonight.

Hey, this is an interestingly complex beer, that I really enjoyed and would highly recommend.

ZimZamZoom, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of huxcrunner
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very good appearance red brown in color with off white head about a finger and a half worth, great lacing

Smell of sweet nectar invite you in to try this beer very good overal aromas

Tastes is bitter like a typical ipa has a little bit of a bite to it for the aftertaste relatively smooth for how bitter it tastes

Good full mouthfeel and good body to this beer

Overall this isn't a bad beer and if you really like ipa style then you will really enjoy this one

huxcrunner, Nov 29, 2010
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,270 ratings.